Drug case- HC pulls up center government

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Hearing the case pertaining to increasing use of drugs and smuggling of narcotics substance from Pakistan, the Punjab and Haryana High Court came down heavily on center government raising questions on government’s seriousness in checking the smuggling of narcotics. Meanwhile former Punjab DGP Shashikant related the Pathankot incident with drug mafia.

During the resumed hearing of the case before bench headed by Justice Surya Kant on Wednesday, the center government failed to file any response on various issues raised during the previous hearing of the case. These included concern raised by BSF that it was not fully equipped to handle the smuggling of drugs. Even no counsel to represent center government appeared before the bench. Taking a serious view, the bench made it clear that government should take the issue seriously else bench could start contempt proceedings against the concerned officials.

The bench directed the center government that it should immediately provide necessary equipments to BSF to check cross border smuggling of drugs.

The bench has also directed center government to furnish report providing details of action taken to nab the drug smuggler living abroad.

Meanwhile former DGP Shashikant informed the bench that the terrorists involved in recent Pathankot attack entered the country using the way that is being used by drug mafia for smuggling the drugs to India in large quantities. Shashikant said that he had been stating that terrorists are now using means of narco terrorism in the country.

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Advocate Navkiran Singh suggested that those recapturing in drug de-addiction centers could provide vital leads about the people involved in drug peddling. Some people were ready to provide information in this regard, he said.

Punjab Advocate General said that state government was serious to handle the menace. For this purpose, the government had planned to involve some NGO to identify the drug dealers. This project would be started as pilot project in one district and if successful, it would be implemented in other districts as well.

The bench observed that there could be some people who wanted to provide some information but were not coming out due to fear. A helpline could be started for such people.

The bench also directed Haryana, Chandigarh and Punjab governments to incorporate a subject in school syllabus to provide information about ill effects of drugs.

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